John James McCabe

October 20, 2018


Passed peacefully away after a short illness, October 20, 2018, aged 92. Pre-deceased by his beloved wife Dorothy (Chafe); parents James & May (Peddle); step-mother Jessie Snow; and brothers George & Willis. Leaving to mourn, his devoted daughter Dulcie and son-in-law Alex Coombs; grandchildren Deborah & Darryl (Joan); grandsons Nicholas, Andrew, Connor & Michael; and a large circle of friends and family. John lived a long and full life. He lived independently in his own home right until this illness. At 92 he was still cutting his own wood and only just gave up driving. Originally from Harbour Grace, he and Dot made their home and raised their daughter in St. John’s. John fished on the Labrador at age 12, lied about his age and joined the army at age 14, was stationed at Bell Island during the German attacks of WWII. He farmed, worked the lumber woods, drove a taxi, and then a bus. He worked hard and rarely stood still. He and Dot grew their own vegetables for years, and the root cellar was always full. John was skilled with both hand and power tools, as well as heavy equipment. He was happiest when he was building or fixing something. John loved his family most of all, and he will be sorely missed. Visitation at Carnells Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Rd., on Tuesday October 23 from 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral service from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on October 24 at 2pm with reception to follow. Interment will take place at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice.



2-4 p.m. on October 23, 2018

7-9 p.m. on October 23, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Wednesday October 24th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Dulcie & family:

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.
May God be very close to you during the next days and weeks.
Sorry I couldn’t be with you, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love,

Dulcie,Alec and Family,So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.What a good age he was Blessed with.We are thinking of you, it’s not easy to lose your Dad.Take care and God Bless !! Love from Aunt Phyllis also !!

I’m in my office at this moment remembering all the times I spoke to J.J, as I knew him. I ran into him years ago during the heady days of CB radio all those years ago. What a great guy! I’m going to miss him. First thing I think about when I come over the Outer Ring and passing over the Grove’s Road bridge is remembering how often he was waiting to get out in the garden where he lived up on Pitcher’s Path. I’ll remember him fondly! Godspeed J.J!…I hope there’s a field for you to work when you get to the promised land! To the family, I wish my sincere condolences. I know you’re al hurting with his loss, but, oh such great loving memories! I wish you all “peace”…

dulcie alec and family so sorry to hear ofjacks passing. keeping youin my prayers and thoughts.. its never easy when you lose a loved one at any age.r.i.p.

Aunt Dulcie, Uncle Alex, Debbie, Darryl and family; We are so sorry for the passing of a wonderful man. He was always so nice and thoughtful, making sure to ask me how mom was doing and asking me to send her his best wishes. Andrew used to enjoy his stories of when he drove the bus in the earlier days. Aunt Dulcie, your dad is a man who will truly be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Karen and Andrew

Dulcie and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. A wonderful age and he seemed to be in good health, what a blessing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Howard and Marilyn

Dulcie to you and all of your family I offer my sincere condolences ion your dads passing. Your dedication and happy memories will help you through this difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I have very fond memories of Uncle John. He worked hard all his life. He was a man who one could look up to. Last of the greatest generation. Our deepest condolences. Jeff and Dale.

To the Coombs family! Sorry to hear of your Dad’s, father in law and grandfather ‘s passing ! Our deepest condolences! Mike and Betty Spearns